Taiwan: Diplomacy Through Aid

In the Ivory Coast, Nationalist Chinese experts are helping African farmers boost rice production. In Ethiopia and Chad, Chinese veterinarians are advising farmers. In Rwanda, local artisans are using techniques taught them by Chinese jade and ivory carvers. And in South Viet Nam, clerks from Taipei's efficient post office are trying to unsnarl the postal and communications snafus of the war-torn country.

These overseas Chinese are the cadre of Taiwan's small but surprisingly successful technical assistance program to underdeveloped nations in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America Begun in 1961,...

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